Ndungane to earn 100th cap

Bulls winger Akona Ndungane will play his 100th Super Rugby game when his side takes on the Blues.

Bulls winger Akona Ndungane. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - Winger Akona Ndungane will become the ninth player to play 100 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls when they take on the Blues at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Ndungane, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2005, will start in an unchanged backline from the one that beat the Lions last week, with Bulls coach Frans Ludeke making three changes to his forward pack.

Prop Werner Kruger replaces injured tighthead Frik Kirsten, while flanker Deon Stegmann has recovered from a groin strain and starts in place of Jono Ross, who moves to number eight.

Ludeke is pleased to be able to call on the services of Stegmann once again.

"We are quite pleased to have Steggies [Stegmann] back. He is an experienced campaigner and is not a Springbok for nothing. The Blues thrive on quick ball and Steggies will play a big role for us in slowing their ball down and creating turnovers. It also allows Jono to move to his more natural position at the back of the scrum."

Ludeke was also full of praise for the centurion Ndungane.

"What a player to have in your side. He had to work so hard to get back into rugby after suffering two broken legs in a row and I think I speak on behalf of everyone in congratulating him on this milestone in his career. He has been exceptional for us and I am privileged to be his coach."

The Bulls team to face the Auckland Blues: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Jono Ross, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Morné Mellett, Marcel van der Merwe, Paul Willemse, Jacques Engelbrecht, Piet van Zyl, Handré Pollard, Ulrich Beyers.